|The convict -built Richmond Bridge dates from 1824|
Somewhere in our travels my sister noticed that there was going to be a Village Fair in Richmond, one of Tasmania's oldest towns.
Heritage listed Richmond is only twenty four kilometres from Hobart. Its lovely sandstone buildings and convict- built bridge, cobbled streets, maze and model village make it a pleasure to visit at any time, but the old fashioned village fair bustling with visitors, stilt walkers, sweet stalls, craft and garden displays while the band played, added an extra dimension. After sampling fudge and eating hamburgers we wandered around its charming shops and galleries, had a sinful iced coffee in one of the little cafes and visited a garage sale and a paddock sale – very similar, but much bigger, and then took a leisurely route back through the Coal Valley Wine district and South Arm.
The latter was a bit of an accident as I took a wrong turn at Cambridge (forgot to take my GPS), but it was not without its rewards. Apart from spectacular views of the Channel we got a great haul of wild fruit – apples, a few quinces, rosehips and a whole shopping bag of wild pears.
At the Fairground. If you look carefully you'll see the stiltwalker riding a pink flamingo
|Richmond is full of quaint little shops you won't find anywhere else. This is Lace Lady Glenda Heatly who comes from a long line of lacemakers. She's showing us a photo of her ancestors in England wearing their homemade lace garments|
|Part of our haul|
My sister likes hunting and gathering even more than I do, but having fond memories of Greece, she still wanted to see the Greek Festival too. By the time we got to North Hobart it was almost over and most of the food had gone, but there was still a bit of Greek dancing and music and we managed to get a slice of Spanakopita (Greek spinach pie) as well. We were both surprised at just how enormous the Greek community in Hobart was although North Hobart is the most multicultural place in Hobart with every kind of restaurant you can imagine. It also has galleries, quaint cottages, the best op shops and the oldest cinema in Australia so we spent a little time walking its streets and soaking up the atmosphere.
|I especially like these murals in one of the lanes|
|I also like these mosiacs set into the footpath|
|Later we made jam out of some of our finds. They look too nice to open|